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Favorite Things Party - 2017 Edition

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One of the most popular blog posts of My Life at Playtime has been How to Host a Favorite Things Party. And I love it! I love that so many find themselves here from Pinterest and googling how to throw a favorite things party, and ideas of what to get as their favorite thing. Since it's been awhile I decided it would be fun to share some 2017 highlights from a recent Favorite Things party. 

A girlfriend and I decided to throw it a bit last minute and just crossed our fingers our friends would be in town. We split the guest list and got to work planning around our favorite things, which happened to be pink, a fun British cocktail that my co-host rocked, and the most delicious food we could put together! Who doesn't love girlfriends, yummy food, a delicious themed cocktail, and presents? Sign us up!

I got to work on my charcuterie board skills and was quite pleased with the end result. For reference I had rosemary sprigs as accents throughout the board(s), since I ran out of space for one board, we had 2. I served white truffle salami (everything by the way can be found at Trader Joe's), caper berries, truffle almonds, dried figs cut in half, fresh grapes, rosemary crackers, mini pickles(forget the proper name), potato chips, raw almonds, olives, and satsuma oranges. It was delicious if I do say so myself. Some of the other appetizers we prepared and others friends brought to share include:

  • caprese salad
  • lentil dip with chips
  • roasted gorgonzola on baguettes
  • humus and crudite platter
  • guacamole
  • shaved brussel sprout salad 
  • assorted cheeses and crackers
  • meringue and marscapone
  • homemade cookies
  • 3-ingredient fudge which I will have to share in another post
  • and MORE!

 

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For our cocktail of the night we had Pimm's which apparently is a proper British drink, often served during an afternoon watching Wimbledon. So of course we served it! To make at home you might want to double check my amounts, but I'm guessing equal parts Pimm's and either sparkling lemonade or Sprite. Cut up strawberries, cucumbers, mint and oranges and add ice in a big pitcher. In separate cups we garnished them with smaller pieces of fruit on the cutest pink flamingo drink stirrers. They were DEElicious!

An easy list of supplies for our drinks, plates and serving ware:

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And now for the presents! The first photo is what I gave as my favorite things. I went with multiple items this year as opposed to my usual one item. Our item max this year was $15 (x3), so here's how it broke down:

  • french farmers market tote-  $22 for set of 6 which breaks down to $3.66 a piece
  • Mrs. Meyers hand soap- $3.79 I found the special Peppermint edition at Target and got 5% off with my redcard
  • Rodial Dragon's Blood Lip Mask- this is where I cheated a tiny bit because I get these at a discount because of my job, I got them for $5.60 a piece
  • Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Caramels- $1.99
  • TOTAL: $15.04 and I don't count tax or wrapping so there, I made it :)

One of the funnest parts of these parties is learning about your friends and seeing what they come up with to gift. Part of the challenge is sticking to the budget and having it reflect who you are. A few of the gifts we shared...

  • homemade spice mix with stainless salad tongs (I can't find the exact match of the tongs, but these are close)
  •  mug and tea set
  • linen spray
  • glass water bottle- similar here, and $5 gift card to favorite donut/coffee shop
  • swiss army knife in a cute Ikea bag with a See's chocolate bar
  • Favorite jam with a $10 gift card to Eataly
  • bag filled with favorite food items like coffee creamer, la croix, snack items, chocolate treats, etc.
  • Dominoes Set
  • Nordstrom giftcard
  • car essential oil diffuser 
  • cooking trivets
  • Lush bath goodies
  • essential oils
  • Candle and bath salts
  • and I know I am forgetting others! All so creative and awesome, everyone left happy with their new found goodies and knowing more about each other. 

Now go host your own party, and if you need instructions on how the party works, see this post

9/12 September Video

Let's throw it back to September 2016. I finally loaded and compiled our video footage from our camping trip. One down, three more to go before 2016 is officially video documented! And October's video is halfway there too, so that's progress people. Although it might have something to do with October's video only being about a minute long haha. One of our goals for 2017 is to add an extra camping trip into our schedule, and honestly just add more travel wherever we can. And we already have a few ideas on the books. And putting together this video made me all excited for our adventures. I think instead of a video for each month, I will stick to travel videos for 2017 to document our trips, but who knows! I'm not putting a lot of pressure on myself so we will just see what happens. xo

Our Strawberry Picking Adventure - VIDEO

I am still working on our March video, but in the meantime I put together a little movie from our adventure strawberry picking last week. We have been going since Gunnar was in preschool and I was pregnant with Greta! I really need to find our photos from that year. We have been going every year since to Tanaka Farms, and it never disappoints. I feel like I'm getting the hang of our little video camera and getting pretty fast at putting these together. Hooray for a year of videos 2016!

If you'd like to see past adventures, you can find them here: 2015, 20142013, 2012, 201120102009, more 2009